If it passes the assembly, Christie won’t veto marriage equality bill today

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Chris Christie promises to “swiftly” veto a bill that would legalize same sex marriage.

But if the Assembly passes the measure today, Christie said he won’t execute his veto on the same day.

“I’m not planning to return to Trenton today,” said Christie as he campaigned at diner here on behalf of Republican U.S. Senate candidate state Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-13).

“I have a couple of other things to do,” said the governor. “I will veto it swiftly, but let’s see if it passes first.”

Christie said if Democrats shrink from a ballot measure he advocates, framed in a bill authored by state Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16), they will simply prove his point that they aren’t truly serious with this legislative effort in their pursuit of same-sex marriage.

“If they don’t put it on the ballot, you’ll know the whole thing was political theater,” Christie said. “I trust the people.”

Democrats, like veteran state Sen Ray Lesniak (D-20), have repeatedly argued that same sex marriage, a civil right, in his view, should not be left up to a majority of voters.

If it passes the assembly, Christie won’t veto marriage equality bill today